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Luna and Giancarlo Fisichella: Giancarlo met Luna when he was a guest of an Italian TV show and she was sitting in the audience. They are not married but apparently engaged (for eternity 😛 ) . They have two children: Carlotta (born: 27th April, 1999) and Christopher (b. 1st February, 2003).

In love for a long time

In love for a long time

Patricia Papen and Nick Heidfeld: They already have two children together but they are not married. Their daughter Juni was born on the 3rd of July, 2005 and their son, the funny named Joda was born on the 21st of July, 2007. Patricia is, like Corinna Schumacher and Jenni Räikkönen, is an enthusiastic horseback rider.

Patricia & Nick

Patricia & Nick

Vivian Sibold and Nico Rosberg: They know each other since their childhood, but they only started to go out together at an Ibiza holiday in 2003. It’s their moms who were first friends, working together in the fashion business. Vivian is 24 and she comes from Hamburg. She lives in a Milan apartment with two friends, while Nico lives in Monaco. She is an interior decorator, she says she is more the creative side in their relationship, while Nico is more the “mathematical type”. Nico (or more his father, Keke?) doesn’t like it if Vivan goes to the races, but she always watches the races on TV.

Two Blondes

Two Blondes

Edyta Witasa and Robert Kubica: Robert doesn’t like talk about his private life. He also doesn’t like the hype and glamour aspect of F1 and his girlfriend is just like him: they both like to keep it low profile. Edyta and Robert met in 2004 when Robert broke his hand and a Polish rally driver, Łukasz Witas visited him in the hospital. Łukasz also took his sister with him. The sister was Edyta. Robert and she fell in love with each other and since then they are together. I have never seen Edyta at a F1 race.

A Polish couple

A Polish couple

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Fresh love

Fresh love

Jessica is Jenson’s brand new girfriend, they started to go out together this past winter. She is a photomodel of Argentine, Spanish, Italian (from her father’s side) and Japanese (from her mother’s side) ancestry. She has two sisters, Karen and Angelica, who are also fashion models like Jessica.

Wikipedia has this to say about Jessica:

“Michibata, an avid movie fan, has for the past five years been writing a movie column for monthly magazine Soup and on October 7, 2007 she began working on the TBS show, Cinema Style, where she introduces viewers to new movies.“

She was also featured in music videos.

Jessica has a blog here (in Japanese): http://blog.honeyee.com/jessica/

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Besides those who were already mentioned there are three married couples in F1:

Silvana and Rubens Barrichello: The couple is married for about ten years. They have two sons: Eduardo (born in 2001) and Fernando (born in 2005). The family lives in Monte Carlo while the season is on, but during the winters they often return to Brazil.

Another happy couple

Another happy couple

Barbara and Jarno Trulli: They have two sons: Enzo (b. 2005) and Marco (b. 2006).

A romantic walk

A romantic walk

Claire and Sébastien Bourdais:Claire Bourdais (born Claire Ragot) married Sébastien in May, 2006. They first met in 1999, in Le Mans and started to go out together in 2003. Before Sébastien came to Formula One he was racing in ChampCar in the United States where he won four back-to-back titles. Meanwhile the couple lived in Tampa, Florida while Claire was studying at the South Florida University. The couple has a daughter, Emma Camille, who was born on the 2nd, December 2006. Sébastien cites the day of their wedding and the birth of their baby as the most beautiful moments in his life.
Claire always goes to the races with Sébastien and when they are at a race weekend Emma’s grand parents take care of her.

Passionate kiss

Passionate kiss

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Fresh love

Fresh love

Lewis Hamilton and Nicole Scherzinger are probably the most high-profile couple in the current Formula One, as both of them are World famous celebrities: Lewis is the youngest WDC (World Drivers’ Champion), the first “black” (in reality mixed race) WDC and last but not least the latest British WDC. Nicole is the singer of the popgroup “Pussycat Dolls”. So that draws the attention of sports fans and pop fans on both sides of the Atlantic to this romance.

Before coming to F1 Lewis’ girlfriend was Jodia Ma, the daughter of a rich Hong-Kong businessman. They met at school in England and they were going out with each other for years. But then the F1 lifestyle has broke them up: Lewis travelled around the World, while Jodia was back to Hong Kong. Not long after Lewis became an F1 driver their relationship ended.

Then Lewis was linked to several glamour girls – to Sarah Ojjeh, the daughter of McLaren’s team owner Mansour Ojjeh, to Naomi Campbell, Danii Minouge, Vivian Burkhardt Grenada’s beuaty queen. None of these relationships were officially confirmed – most were even denied.

Then came Nicole Scherzinger. They first met at the 2007 MTV Music Awards but they started to date at the 2008 Monaco Grand Prix. Since then they are together looking very happy on the pictures. There were some rumours about wedding and family, but Lewis is not yet ready for that.

For now they are simply enjoying themselves together – and they both enjoy the high-profile celebrity lifestyle that they chose, travelling from Europe to America and back, attending award ceremonies, concerts and of course F1 races.

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Married since 2007

Married since 2007

Felipe married Rafaela Bassi on the 30th of November, 2007. She is two years older than him. Her family is the owner of a big Brazilian fashion company called “Guarana Brasil”. They met at a disco while Rafaela was on a holiday. Their wedding was a big, high-profile event in Brazil.

She didn’t like F1 before she met Felipe and she still doesn’t like it – according to her the paddock is a “cold and unfriendly place”. But she loves her husband so she is usually there with him at the races and even at tests, like in Bahrain this winter.

There is a little disagreement on the subject of children between Felipe and Rafaela. At the end of last year Felipe told in an interview that his greatest wish for 2009 would not be the Formula One title, but to become a daddy. But he also added that Rafaela doesn’t want it yet, so they are waiting. He said: “I know it would be unfair to Rafaela if I left her home with the baby while I’m traveling around the World.”

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Who does the Iceman smile at?

Who does the Iceman smile at?

Kimi Räikkönen married Jenni Dahlman on the 31st of July, 2004. Jenni is two years younger than Kimi. She was a photomodell and in 2000 she was Miss Skandinavia. She and Kimi also met at a beauty contest where Jenni was a competitor and Kimi was invited as a member of the jury. It was love at first sight.

It’s well known that Kimi doesn’t like the media hype, doesn’t like to be at the centre of attention. Well, Jenni is similar. You rarely can see her at races in the paddock (according to some fans too rarely and she should support Kimi more). However she was there at the last test of Ferrari this winter about two weeks ago.

Kimi’s private life is as mysterious as Kimi himself. I, for one, don’t know what to believe. Sometimes there are the wildest of rumours about them, but none of these stories have ever been proven. It’s often reported that their marriage is in a crisis but then they appear together in public and they look like a totally normal and happy couple.

However it’s true that there have already been pretty wild pictures about Kimi. In 2006 the tabloids published pics in which he was totally drunk and dancing erotic looking dances with girls (who were not Jenni) in a bar, in another pic he was holding girl (who wasn’t Jenni either) at Ferrari’s pre-season ski-event in 2008. There were also claims from various girls that they had relationships with Kimi, however Kimi always sued those who claimed this.
All I can say: let’s hope they are really faithful to each other and happy.

Jenni doesn’t really like F1. On the rare occasion she attends a race she looks more bored than interested. Her hobby is show jumping and she is pretty good at it. But Kimi is allergic to horses, so it must be a bit difficult for them: Kimi doesn’t like to attend Jenni’s competitions and Jenni doesn’t like to go to F1 races.

Kimi said he doesn’t want kids as long as he is in F1, so if everything goes as planned Jenni and Kimi won’t be parents until at least 2011.

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The first kiss

The first kiss

Fernando Alonso is very secretive about his private life. I mean VERY! That means that for a long time he hadn’t told the World that he and his girlfriend, Raquel del Rosario got married. In fact, when he was asked about these rumours in a press conference in 2007, he simply didn’t answer. I think that’s already a bit too much of being protective of your privacy. Telling that you are married is not like telling the World what you like to do in the bed!

But maybe that’s because Raquel is also a celebrity in Spain: the singer of a pop group called El Sueno de Morfeo (Morpheus’ Dream). And because they are both celebrities in their home country they have often been chased by paparazzi and there have been a lot of speculations on their relationship in the Spanish tabloids. However it was a downward spiral, because the more secretive Fernando and Raquel have been, the less they have told, the more speculations there were. So maybe it would have been simplier to tell it right after they got married.

The two met after the 2005 season at a show organized by a Spanish radio to celebrate Fernando’s first Formula One title. Raquel was on Fernando’s wish list when they asked him who he wants to have on his show. Whether it was just because Fernando was the fan of her music, or he already had a crush on her is unclear, but anyway, after the show they started to date.

From then on everything went quickly. After just one year of dating, at the end of 2006 they got married. The rumours were immediately out, however they denied them for a very long time. In fact, Fernando only admitted it in public, indirectly, in the summer of 2008 by calling Raquel his wife at an official press conference! In that interview Fernando got uncharateristically open about his private life and started to joke about it a little: being asked about where he would go on holiday for the summer break, he answered: “I will do whatever my wife wants. If it’s time to join the club, I will join. If she says no, then I won’t join.”

Other than these small references they still don’t talk much about each other or their relationship in public, however Raquel often attends the races of Fernando. Even then often they walk with a couple of meters between them, rarely even holding hands or showing any sign of affection. But on paparazzi pics you can see they CAN be tender and affectionate to each other and yes, they can touch each other or hold each other’s hands, so no worries, they are probably just very shy or discreet to do it in public. 😉 They may be Spanish but their love is not the typical latino passion – at least when they are in public.

As for kids, last year Fernando was asked about it (just generally, what he would think about having kids) and he said it would be too early for him. Probably also for Raquel, as they are both building their careers at the moment: Fernando as an F1 driver, Raquel as a singer.

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